ICD-10-CM Code Y62

Failure of sterile precautions during surgical and medical care

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y62 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of failure of sterile precautions during surgical and medical care. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y62
Short Description:Failure of steril precaut during surgical and medical care
Long Description:Failure of sterile precautions during surgical and medical care

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • Y62.0 - Failure of sterile precautions during surgical operation
  • Y62.1 - Failure of sterile precautions during infusion or transfusion
  • Y62.2 - Failure of sterile precautions during kidney dialysis and other perfusion
  • Y62.3 - Failure of sterile precautions during injection or immunization
  • Y62.4 - Failure of sterile precautions during endoscopic examination
  • Y62.5 - Failure of sterile precautions during heart catheterization
  • Y62.6 - Failure of sterile precautions during aspiration, puncture and other catheterization
  • Y62.8 - Failure of sterile precautions during other surgical and medical care
  • Y62.9 - Failure of sterile precautions during unspecified surgical and medical care

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Complications of medical and surgical care (Y62-Y84)
      • Failure of steril precaut during surgical and medical care (Y62)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Infection Control

Every year, lives are lost because of the spread of infections in hospitals. Health care workers can take steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. These steps are part of infection control.

Proper hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infections in hospitals. If you are a patient, don't be afraid to remind friends, family and health care providers to wash their hands before getting close to you.

Other steps health care workers can take include

  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Staying up-to-date with immunizations
  • Using gloves, masks and protective clothing
  • Making tissues and hand cleaners available
  • Following hospital guidelines when dealing with blood or contaminated items

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